Partial lifting of AFSPA in Assam, Arunachal likely
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-07

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In a move that is both politically and strategically significant, the Centre has informed the governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh that it plans to partially lift the contentious Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and has sought detailed comments from the two states on the issue. The Union home ministry plans to reduce the notification period of AFSPA in these states from six months to three to enable the two states to see whether the law can be withdrawn from certain areas.

The states were also asked to conduct a detailed security review of areas from where AFSPA can be partially

The Centre has asked the two states to conduct a detailed security review of areas from where AFSPA can be partially lifted

lifted. There have been demands earlier from states in the Northeast to lift AFSPA from some areas. MHA sources said the security situation in some parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh had improved in the last few months, due to which it was possible to lift AFSPA from certain areas.

The move, as of now, will be on an experimental basis, official said, and an assessment made on how the situation unfolds once the law is partially withdrawn. If militant activities increase in such areas, AFSPA would be reimposed. AFSPA gives tremendous powers to the security forces, including to shoot on suspicion.

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